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History

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1950's

1950’s and 1960’s: Parents in Dryden and Sioux Lookout began gathering to establish supports in both communities for their children.

1960's

1968 and 1974: Associations were incorporated in Dryden and Sioux Lookout respectively to support adults with intellectual disabilities.

1970's

1973: ARC Industries officially opened on 280 Arthur Street, Dryden

1975: Davis-Wood Place was opened in Dryden, housing fifteen (15) people.

Muriel Boyle Centre opened in Sioux Lookout housing 15 people.

1976: Life Skills/Culture and Recreation programs established in Sioux Lookout.

1978: A Work Adaptation program established in Sioux Lookout.

1980's

1983: The Community Living Skills program was started in Dryden.

1988: Supported Employment Program started in Sioux Lookout.

1985: Community Volunteer Connections was formed as a way to link volunteers and developmentally disabled adults who have common interests.

1990's

1990’s: Sheltered Workshop ended and community contracts began in Dryden.

1992: Muriel Boyle Centre closed in Sioux Lookout and people moved to live in the community.

1998: The Family Home program was initiated in Sioux Lookout.

1998: Davis Wood Place closes down due to toxic mold issues. Four group homes are relocated in the community as a result.

2000's

2000: The Ojibway Provincial Park partnership began in 2000 with Community Living Sioux Lookout.

2004: The MMW Video Conferencing Project was piloted in Dryden and Sioux Lookout, linking the agencies to clinical and psychological support services from Surrey Place Centre in Toronto. This was established in 2006.

2001: The Healthy Generations Family Support Program joined Community Living Sioux Lookout, supporting children and families living with Fetal Alcohol spectrum disorder.

2006: The Family Home program started in Dryden.

2005: Community Living Sioux Lookout hosted the Community Living Ontario Conference bringing delegates to the North for the annual event.

2009: Community Living Dryden-Sioux Lookout was formed through an amalgamation of the two agencies.

2020's

2020: Ojibway partnership ended due the Pandemic

2020: Congregant Day Programs closed permanently and replaced with individualized community participation.

2023: New ONCA Bylaws and Articles

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